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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Mar 12, 2013 3:41am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: The Kate Smith Hour

Though the installments of "The Kate Smith Evening Hour" are incomplete, the two editions of daytime series "The Kate Smith Hour" are complete (at approx 59 minutes). They, along with some old commercials and an additional incomplete edition of the prime-time series, will probably be moved in the next few days.

I hope someone on here enjoys these uploads, they are kinda square but feature some interesting talent. The December 29, 1953 edition of the daytime series even features an African-American comedy duo, though I admit their routine is stereotypical by today's standards. It also features popular instrumental group The Three Suns. However, there were problems. At first their organ was not working. Thus, their appearance came later in the episode than intended. The first half of the episode aired without a sponsor (this sometimes happened with daytime series, with the network hoping that the series would prove successful enough that someone would decide to sponsor that half), the second half was sponsored by Saran-Wrap, who provide two filmed commercials. Meanwhile, "International Forum" is an attempt at public affairs which is unsuccessful. The production values thoughout the episode are bare, with minimal camerawork and sparse sets. The series aired on big-budget NBC, but has the production values of a DuMont program.